Dreaming of marrying in a summer beach wedding? Take inspiration from this boho styled shoot at Walberswick beach in Suffolk. Hayley from Amae Weddings & Events tells us how they did it
Photography: Sharon Cudworth Photography
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
Emily from Emily Chantal Make-Up came to me with an idea of a Boho beach shoot and asked me to co-ordinate and organise it. We discussed it and decided we wanted something to represent the epitome of boho chic by incorporating the sun, sea and sand (and the odd dune for good measure).
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
We chose Walberswick beach due to the beauty it holds, the dunes are perfect for a shoot and it’s also Sharon Cudworth’s (our photographer) favourite location - she captures the most beautiful images here.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
Emily and I worked together creating a mood board so when I showed this to Naomi, she was able to visualise exactly what we were looking for. Naomi used a selection of dried flowers which included pampas grass and bunny tails with other feathery and bleached neutral foliages which worked alongside the creamy, almost sandy colour hues of the fresh Quicksand roses - so dreamy!
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?
Due to the restrictions Covid gave us, we chose to only have a bride present to reduce the numbers (6) and it worked perfectly. Our model Charlotte is also owner of Hair So Boho and when it came to styling, Charlotte really ran with the theme brilliantly, she kept the waves natural looking with plenty of texture for that beachy, salty, defined style then teamed it with tiny braids scattered throughout to give it a real chic look. At the back, a small bun was created for a half up half down effortless feel.
Given the inspiration from the 80’s vibe with the dresses (cue Chris Isaak music video Wicked Game), Emily Chantal Make-up with her amazing eye for detail, opted for a glitter bronze eye and dewy peach toned cheeks and lips to keep it fresh and modern. Emily’s key products were Huda Beauty Matte and Metal liquid eyeshadows and the Dior Backstage Lip Palette.
Bud & Boe provided two cutting edge dresses from the new Eco Poem collection by world leading haute couture fashion designer Bowen Dryden. We were so lucky to be the first professional styled shoot to feature these dresses, they fit our theme perfectly. The first dress was a classic twist on a two-piece incorporating a beautiful frilled rise in the front of the skirt. Bowen Dryden offer fully customised organic, biodegradable, ethical dresses that can be worn time and time again.
Dress number two was a stunning number (called Moondance), one-piece, sophisticated off the shoulder which oozes bohemian chic. Bud & Boe arranged for this particular piece to be altered by taking in the mid-section, the original is a lot more ‘flowy’ but this design is absolutely timeless.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
I wanted to dress the beach simply but effectively and more importantly, romanticly. I contacted Teresa from Simply Rustic as she has the most beautiful peacock chairs and hexagon archway that I knew would look perfect for the look I wanted to achieve. That matched with Rose & Berry’s flowers and it all came together. Tying it all together is something you can only do from experience and knowing what goes well with the theme, I had to visualise it all in my head and I had no doubt it would all match and look absolutely stunning.
What kind of accessories were used to create these looks?
We added some jewellery from Beverly at PS With Love - the headpiece is a gorgeous organic design with luxurious Keishi pearl blooms all hand wired with pretty nude crystal centres surrounded by an abundance of delicate freshwater pearls, tiny pearls and crystal tendrils. To complete this look, Charlotte wore matching Aerin hoop earrings - perfect for any beach, woodland or outdoor wedding, offering the epitome of organic bridal elegance.
When I set about thinking about the cake for this shoot, there was one person who sprung to mind immediately, Charlotte from The Beautiful Cakery. I briefed Charlotte on the look I wanted to achieve and my word, she did not disappoint. To create this breathtaking cake, Charlotte went for a soft subtle look but added depth with the exquisite dried blooms.
Next came the table décor, I designed and styled this myself with most of the items purchased from a charity shop - for anyone who knows me, I donate to charities every month and so this was the perfect opportunity to get creative while donating at the same time. I wanted to go with a plain yet simple and romantic sweetheart setting which was finished off with the unmistakable design skills from talented Gemma at Polly Pickle Stationery & Design. Gemma provided accessories from her modern boho dreamy collection; featuring soft watercolour florals, grasses and pampas grass, all in beautiful tan and neutral tones.
Steal Their Style
Photography: Sharon Cudworth Photography
Planner & Co-ordinator: Hayley, Amae Weddings & Events
Venue: Walberswick beach
Hair: Charlotte from Hair so Boho
Make-up: Emily from Emily Chantal Make-Up
Bridal dresses/wedding outfits: Bowen Dryden from Bud & Boe
Jewellery: Beverly from PS With Love
Stationery: Gemma from Polly Pickle
Flowers: Naomi from Rose & Berry Flowers
Cake: Charlotte from The Beautiful Cakery
Props: Teresa from Simply Rustic